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Bus-line changes to affect Oregon City, Clackamas Town Center transit centers

TriMet officials say bus service will improve for Oregon City, Gladstone and Clackamas starting Sunday, March 3, with a new bus line and a faster route .

PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Buses coming out of the Oregon City Transit Center will be affected by proposed changes to TriMet service to the Clackamas Town Center area.In order to streamline the trip between Clackamas Town Center and Oregon City Transit Center, TriMet will debut a more direct route for Line 79 along Southeast 82nd Avenue, 82nd Drive, Interstate 205 and Washington Street. Trips from one end of Line 79 to the other will be 4-6 minutes faster "under normal traffic conditions," TriMet officials say.

To accompany more direct service on Line 79, TriMet plans to begin a new bus line running between the Clackamas and Oregon City transit centers. Line 31 will follow Thiessen Road, Webster Road, Arlington Street and McLoughlin Boulevard. The new line will travel through downtown Gladstone, as Line 79 currently does. Line 31 will add service to Thiessen, Webster and Johnson roads, an area that's been asking for more service according to TriMet officials.

Line 79's current route along Strawberry Lane will end March 3. Every week, riders take more than 6,000 trips on Line 79.

Buses will arrive about every 30 minutes on both lines, which will alternate every 15 minutes at the two transit centers in Clackamas and Oregon City. Weekday service for Line 79 is available between about 5:20 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. and weekend service begins at 8:15 a.m. and extends through 10:30 p.m. On weekdays, Line 31 service will be available between about 5:20 a.m. and 10:20 p.m. and weekend service begins at 7:50 a.m. and extends to 10:10 p.m.

These changes are part of TriMet's major expansion of transit throughout the Portland area that started in 2018.

More information is available at trimet.org.


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